The reigning champions of the Western Conference, the LA Lakers, are the NBA’s most promising franchise as of late, and historically one of the league’s best. Their impressive victory over the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the 2020 Finals crowned them with their 17th Championship title, the most of any team, tied with the Boston Celtics.
The dynasty is moving forward powerfully in 2021 and have already shown they don’t plan to back down en route to an 18th Series win. These are the elite players who are bound to make it happen.
It's common knowledge that LeBron is the Lakers' shining star. After all, last year he was named the Finals' MVP following his masterful performance that helped demolish his former team, the Miami Heat, in a 106-93 victory.
King James' leadership skills, and physical, athletic abilities place him in a category all his own. According to the latest in the betting predictions by OLBG.com, the Lakers are already favored for their 18th Championship win with LeBron taking the reins as the head mover and shaker of that pursuit.
Although this is the 36-year old's 18th year in the league, he's proven consistently that he still has what it takes to bring the organization to even bigger places, literally stomping out his competition with his 6 foot 9 stature. All the latest NBA picks have their eyes on Los Angeles as the Lakers continue to dominate in the Western Conference.
Anthony Davis is well known throughout the NBA for the talent present in his masterful shooting abilities, mechanics, and overall basketball knowledge. His height gives him leverage over every opponent and his wingspan makes it nearly impossible for others to score.
In December of 2020 Davis signed onto a 5-year contract with the Lakers meaning fans can be sure of his contribution until at least the ’24-’25 season. With LeBron by his side helping him to be the best player he can be, there’s nothing the duo can’t accomplish.
Talen Horton-Tucker is also shaping up to be a valuable member of the Lakers’ roster. In a recent January matchup against the Rockets, the shooting guard broke a personal record with 17 points, contributing to an important win against the Houston team.
He continued to show his talent on the court, scoring another 17 points on 12 shots against the Nuggets on February 4th. It’s clear that he is rising to the challenge, representing powerfully in LA and performing up to the elite Lakers standard he was called to when he was drafted in 2019.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one of the Lakers’ best shooters. He continuously contributes to necessary points on the scoreboard, often shooting valuable three-pointers and defending opponents from all angles.
The Georgia native continues to shake things up on the court, working seamlessly with LeBron to create dynamic gameplay action. His power, height, energy, and athleticism will be vital to LA in their journey to the 2021 Finals.
Another brilliant scorer and a huge reason why the Lakers were able to establish themselves as Champions in 2020, power forward Kyle Kuzma scored a whopping 19 points in the 3rd match of the series.
Late last year he signed a 3-year, $40 million extension contract with the team which means fans can look forward to watching him dominate until at least 2024.